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Another view of what went wrong at the Big Dig

PETER PENDERGAST'S take on the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority's problems is replete with serious factual errors ("What went wrong at the Big Dig," op ed, Nov. 15).

I'm surprised that the Globe would run a piece without any regard for the validity of the assertions it contains, or without any apparent effort to verify them. Specifically: I do not live in North Adams, and did not live in North Adams in 2001.

I never had any conversation with any Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff employee on any matter, including the company's work as construction manager for the Big Dig.

I never informed Steve Crosby or any other individual that I had such a conversation.

I never intervened on behalf of Bechtel/Parsons in any negotiations with the Turnpike Authority.

I never instructed or directed in any way any member of the governor's staff or any other individual to intervene on behalf of Bechtel/Parsons in any Turnpike Authority negotiations. Indeed, my instructions to my staff were to the contrary.

JANE SWIFT
Williamstown
 

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